Parents joining the Race Online

Can you imagine not knowing how to use google or log on to email, let alone not knowing what a mouse or a keyboard is?

I for one can barely remember the time when I had to manage without those things. But for some people it's a whole new scary world out there. And imagine what it's like having young children who are spending half their time on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube and not having a clue what they're up to.

So TimeBank launched a new project last week called Parents First, which aims to address just that issue.

The project matches mentors aged 18-25 with parents in the London Borough of Lambeth.

They spend 12 hours together, helping the parents to play a more active role in their children's development by learning about computers and the internet. This could be anything from learning about online safety, how to access their children's school's website to booking a family activity online.

If you're between 18 - 25 years old and live in London you can find out more on the Parents First website and sign up to be a mentor now.

Parents First is contributing to the government initiative, Race Online 2012, which aims to get everyone in the in the UK online by 2012. They run events and projects around the country. So if you don't live in London, you can still get involved. Have a look at their website to find out how. You could also check out Age UK, who are looking for volunteers to share their IT skills with older people.